Around 60 people die every day in Surrey and Hampshire, new figures show.
The death rate has gone up slightly, in contrast with northern counties such as Newcastle and Manchester, which have seen a reduction in deaths, according to data published by the Office For National Statistics.
In Hampshire, 12,281 died in 2013, which is around 34 people a day. That figure is up 3% on the 11,924 people who died in 2012.
In Surrey, 9,843 people died last year, an average of 27 people a day, up 1.9% on the 9,658 people who died in 2012.
In the report published this month Rushmoor saw the biggest jump on death rate – from 613 deaths in 2012 to 716 people in 2013 – an 11.4% increase.
In Hart, the figure had dropped by 5.2% to 616 people dying last year.
Surrey Heath’s death rate was down by 0.7% with 723 people dying last year, equivalent to two people a day.
In Guildford borough, the death rate increased by 10.1% to 1,088, equating to three people dying every day of 2013. There was also an increase in Waverley, with 1,115 people dying in 2013 – a 4.1% jump.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member, for adult social care and public health at Hampshire County Council, said the council took its duty regarding the public’s health very seriously and monitored conditions and illnesses with a joint health and wellbeing strategic approach.
She said: “Interestingly over the last decade the main cause of death has changed from cardiovascular diseases to cancers as the NHS has developed very successful treatments for cardiovascular diseases.
“For the under 75s premature deaths from cancer, heart disease, stroke or liver disease in Hampshire are lower than the national average and we continue to work to reduce these by supporting people to live healthier lifestyles, for example through the NHS health check programme.”
A Rushmoor Borough Council spokesman said the council had a health and wellbeing partnership which analysed health data and planned how to address high risk areas.
Nationally, 505,690 people died in England and Wales in 2013, up 1.5% from 498,281 in 2012, equating to 1,385 deaths every day on average.